Norway and UNESCO sign a Cooperation Agreement for 2012-2013

Norway to contribute some US$20 million to UNESCO and host debate on women’s issues.

On 11 October, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Norwegian Deputy Minister for Development Cooperation, Arvinn E. Gadgil, agreed to renew the Programme Cooperation Agreement between UNESCO and the Kingdom of Norway for 2012 and 2013, under which 108.8000 million Norwegian Kronor (around USD 19 million) will be provided to UNESCO to support activities in the fields of education, freedom of expression, cultural heritage and oceans.

“Norway has always been a strong supporter of UNESCO‘s ideals and work, and one of its major donors, and I do hope this trend will continue”, said the Director-General.   

While commending Norway for its support to multilateralism, the Director-General expressed her gratitude for the country’s support to multi-donor pooled accounts  and partial un-earmarked funding.

The Director-General underlined that the Agreement bears witness to the strong interest of Norway in UNESCO’s priorities -- notably in the area of Education for All, with a focus on the Global Monitoring Report, as well as on advancing Cap-EFA, literacy and gender equality at country level. She stressed the Kingdom’s openness to embark on other areas of cooperation, such as freedom of expression and intangible cultural heritage, but also on new avenues of cooperation, such as oceans. The Director-General also referred to the importance of advancing education in post-conflict and transition countries such as Liberia, Myanmar and South-Sudan. 

The Deputy Minister, Arvinn E. Gadgil, underlined that “UNESCO is a worthy partner for Norway and education  remains a key priority for Norway’s support”, underscoring his great satisfaction for his country’s renewed longstanding commitment to cooperation with the Organization. The Deputy Minister also stressed the need for innovative approaches and welcomed UNESCO’s efficient approach in dealing with partner countries on education-related activities. He referred also to the imperative need for UNESCO to ensure alignment with Norway’s Policy Strategy for Engagement with the UN, stressing that the special trust placed by his country in UNESCO also comes with certain expectations, in particular as regard the pursuit of the reform of the Organization, and the commitment to use the Norwegian contribution to leverage additional funding, and trigger innovative approaches from the wider donor-community.

Related news

Latest news

New contract: Windcat 41 - no 17 in the Servogear series

Servogear announces the signing of a new contract with Windcat Workboats BV for the delivery of Servogear Controllable Pitch Propellers (CPP)  for their new vessel Windcat 41. 

Seacat Enterprise to be launched January 12th

Seacat Services, is preparing to launch its first High Speed Utility Vessel (HSUV), Seacat Enterprise at January 12th.

Norsafe Signs Contract with the Swedish Coast Guard (KBV)

On Wednesday 21st December, Norsafe signed yet another new contract with the Swedish Coast Guard (KBV) to deliver nine new Magnum 750 MKII boats.

A Unique Second-generation Tomograph is Developed

A new gamma-ray tomograph designed to image up to 4” diameter pipes, is developed by CMR Prototech for the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) in Canada.

Sohome launches a new website

Sohome has launched a new website that makes it easier to find key information. 

Sohome AS receives orders for Johan Sverdrup Project

Sohome AS is proud to be a sub-contractor to Intelecom AS for the Johan Sverdrup Project. 

New 55'' Ultra High Definition Chart and Planning table passes Type Approval testing

Most advanced maritime display system ever produced, the 55'' Ultra High Definition Chart & Planning table, enables Integrated Bridge System manufacturers to develop new multi-data solutions.

Norsafe's experience in the Polar Code Pays Off

In readiness for the introduction of the Polar code, Norsafe has become the first LSA supplier to have executed full scale tests and trials 

Øglænd System Group winner of Business of the Year Award

Øglænd System Group won the Business of the Year Award in the Stavanger-region 2016.